Instant Pot Beef Ragu

Story by Holly
Instant Pot Beef Ragu
Tap any image to pin it.

Dinner made easy? Yes please.

Raise your hand if you received an Instant Pot for Christmas? Or maybe you finally ordered that one that had been sitting in your amazon cart for months? Natalie and I both received one this past holiday season, and I must admit that I was intimidated to actually open it up and give it a try. 

...this dish is one of the most versatile we’ve made in a long time, making it a wonderful “back-pocket” dish to serve to friends and family.

I know what some of you are thinking….what could be easier than cooking with an Instant Pot? My feeling is that even though it is easy to operate and prepare food once you have the hang of it, there is a still a learning curve initially, as their is with most kitchen tools. And because I’m still learning, if you are a pro with this amazing gadget I’d love to hear your tips and tricks!

This past week I finally mustered up the courage to open up the box and put my Instant Pot to work. Together, Natalie and I set out to create a meal that was versatile, full of flavor, and of course easy as can be for those busy weeknight dinners. It’s the first of hopefully many Instant Pot recipes we’ll be adding to The Modern Proper blog.

Instant Pot Beef Ragu

So what’s so great about this ragu?

In a nutshell, this dish is one of the most versatile we’ve made in a long time, making it a  wonderful “back-pocket” dish to serve to friends and family.

Ways to Serve Ragu

  • Over egg noodles (most traditional)
  • Over veggie noodles like spiralized zucchini or spaghetti squash (just over here living that healthy life!)
  • As part of a bowl (we pretty much add roasted veggies to any left over meat, call it a bowl and say “dinner’s served.”)
  • Over polenta (Um...yum! We also like to do this with our meatballs and pot roast for a nice change of pace from pasta)

See? It really is so versatile! The tender texture and rich depth of flavor of this ragu have made me a true Instant Pot convert and I’m just sad that I waited so long to jump on the bandwagon.

Instant Pot Beef Ragu

If you’re in the mood for more cozy, simple weeknight dinners here are more of our favorites:

Instant Pot Beef Ragu

Serves 6


1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
2 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
3.5 lb chuck roast, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 (28 oz) can whole stewed tomatoes
2 thyme sprigs
2 bay leaves
2 tsp allspice, ground
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup beef stock


  1. Set your Instant Pot to sauté mode. Heat the olive oil and add in onion, celery and carrots. Stir until vegetables are soft. Add in remaining ingredients, squeezing the whole tomatoes with your hands to crush them before adding them and their juices. Give ingredients a quick stir and close the lid.
  2. Set instapot to the meat/stew mode and allow to cook for the set high pressure 35 minute cook time. Once finished, leave the steam valve on natural release until the float valve is all the way down.
  3. Open lid and remove beef to shred, discarding any large pieces of fat in the process. Once shredded stir beef back into the pot and return to saute mode. Allow to cook until sauce thickens.

Serve over polenta, fresh pasta, zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash.